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Passing through... We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves--Pico Iyer---Passing through from Europe to Africa to Asia to Oceania etc.& back again! 9 mos. of dreaming and exploring!

Words of Wisdom..

CANADA | Sunday, 15 Jun 2014 | Views [270]

Words of wisdom via traveling Magda: 1. Always carry a pen. They are not always widely available! 2. Never air travel with an umbrella. It will either get damaged in your checked baggage or they won't allow it on carry on baggage because it is a 'weapon'! ... Read more >

Food- who's coming over?

CANADA | Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 | Views [1373]

Indian vegetarian food: 1. Chaat shops- gulab jamun 2. Mirchi kachori 3. Papdi chat 4. Chaat wallah making pani puri--puffed pastry 5. Pani puri 6. Bhel puri* 7. Dahi batata puri 8. Fried rice chaat 9. Samosas 10. Cooked samosas-mirchi vadas ... Read more >

Quirks related to a year abroad…

FRANCE | Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | Views [343]

If you don't like spicy I don't think you will like southeast Asian cuisine, the 'watered down' version just isn't the same. Street food causing trouble? First GI issues whole trip, let my guard down..in Myanmar.! Should know better. Familiarity is ... Read more >


CANADA | Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 | Views [232]

 Top 20 Highlight moments (in random order): *** = top 10! 1. View from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. *** 2. Road trip to Barcelona for Tom’s birthday: actual drive up with bobby (sometimes me & sometimes Roy) in the squished ... Read more >

Packing and Luggage

CANADA | Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Views [187]

Luggage For those that are curious about our packing for this year, this is how it started: a big backpack for me + medium suitcase + medium Longchamp bag. Tom: BIG backpack + small backpack. When we arrived in Kuala Lumpur in December we stuffed ... Read more >

South Island, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 3 Jun 2013 | Views [312]

South Island Abel Tasman and Nelson -          Nelson is considered the art capital of New Zealand. There is a whole ‘arts day walk’ you can do around the town and check out all ... Read more >

North Island, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Views [256]

North Island Auckland & Coromandel Peninsula: -Our flight got in late so we spent our first night at a hotel in Auckland near the Airport. Picked up our campervan the next morning and stayed in Auckland for lunch (downtown). Auckland ... Read more >

New Zealand- General intro

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 1 Jun 2013 | Views [321]

  *Got a campervan for our 2 weeks here. Went with the ‘Spaceship’ company, so we cruised around New Zealand, one of the most amazing and unique landscapes in the world, in a spaceship!! If you are wondering about price, it was VERY ... Read more >

Indonesia- Ubud, and more...

INDONESIA | Friday, 10 May 2013 | Views [470]

I had heard this was the 'artsy' capital of Bali before I also read about it in 'Eat,Pray,Love'. After reading about it in the book, part of me wanted to see it but another part of me was afraid to see it--who knows how much worse and commercialized ... Read more >

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Views [1382]

The plan for the next day was to take a boat to Gili Trawangan. The Gilis are a set of 3 tiny islands northeast of Bali. By speedboat you can get there in about an hour from Bali. We had heard about the Gilis from many different travellers over the past ... Read more >


INDONESIA | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Views [465]

We arrived into Bali late at night coming from Ho Chi Minh city via Singapore. The airport in Singapore was really nice, except for the nasty carpeting --apparently it is voted the best airport in the world?! --it was very clean, very efficient, and ... Read more >

Phnom Penh

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 5 May 2013 | Views [321]

A deserving visit. I really like this city, I don't know what it is--the spacious boulevards, the French colonial architecture, the cheap markets, the feel of the place....? There is a certain charm to it, and a certain historical significance that makes ... Read more >

Cambodia Impressions

CAMBODIA | Saturday, 4 May 2013 | Views [340]

'Life is a game, so fight for survival'---I saw a young Cambodian girl wearing a shirt with this slogan. Ironic words, considering the history of her country & its people...   Impressions of Cambodia & people: --Cambodia is known ... Read more >

Siem Reap---Angkor Wat

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | Views [1667]

We arrived in Siem Reap just before  5pm  and decided not to get over zealous by trying to catch the sunset that day (the tuk tuk driver pretty much told us it would be frantic and we probably wouldn't make it). We were tired & didn't want ... Read more >

Getting from Thailand to Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | Views [371]

Arranging our bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia (the town that Angkor Wat is in) was fairly easy. However, we had read ridiculous scam stories about the trip so we were very cautious with the whole booking situation. We read about plenty of scams, ... Read more >

Bangkok again

THAILAND | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | Views [281]

We had one more day in Bangkok when we came back from Myanmar, before we would take a bus to Cambodia. We arrived in Bangkok on time as scheduled from Mandalay and our first order of business was to figure out how we were getting to Cambodia the next ... Read more >

Mandalay and surroundings

MYANMAR | Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 | Views [578]

We were hoping to book a day bus from Inle back to Mandalay, but there weren’t any! The only choice we had were 2 night buses that got us into Mandalay early in the AM (go figure!). We booked the cheaper one assuming that would be fine---boy were ... Read more >

Inle Lake

MYANMAR | Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | Views [1430]

From Bagan, we organized a day bus to Inle Lake. I read plenty of forums about Inle because, until the last minute, we just weren’t sure we wanted to do it. All I had really read about it was that it was a lake at a higher elevation and you could ... Read more >

Tags: birdy- the a team


MYANMAR | Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [563]

Another highlight point on this trip!! I was hoping I was going to like this place and I was hoping it would be as I imagined it---tranquil, remote and a hidden treasure! Jackpot!! Plains upon plains of temples dotting the barren landscape, with random ... Read more >

Tags: agnes obel - riverside (amazing world remix)


MYANMAR | Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | Views [399]

First impressions: The drive from the airport was a small representation of the whole country—barren landscapes, scattered pagodas and people, underdeveloped, and HOT! The drive from Mandalay airport to the city was about 45km so to be fair ... Read more >

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